International Trade

  • December 2, 2016

    Obama Blocks Chinese Investment Fund’s $712M Aixtron Buy

    President Barack Obama on Friday blocked China’s Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP from moving forward with its €670 million ($712 million) takeover of chip equipment maker Aixtron SE, after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. found the deal would likely pose a national security risk.

  • December 2, 2016

    FCPA Risk Decreases In Russia, Estonia, Report Shows

    Doing business in Estonia, and to a lesser extent in Russia, now poses a lower risk of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act liability than two years ago, an anti-bribery group has reported.

  • December 2, 2016

    CIT Won’t Let Importer Duck Suit Over Unpaid Sugar Duties

    The Court of International Trade on Friday allowed a suit against an importer over misclassified sugar imports to go forward, ruling he had received proper notification of his alleged violations.

  • December 2, 2016

    Commerce Continues Review Of Mexican Sugar Agreements

    The U.S. Department of Commerce said Friday that it is continuing to review a pair of agreements that halted high-profile trade remedy probes of Mexican sugar imports, saying its preliminary findings suggest the agreements may have been breached or are in need of change.

  • December 2, 2016

    WTO Chief Calls For Members To 'Intensify' Work In 2017

    World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo on Thursday said that the past year has seen productive debate in the organization but that members will be looking for concrete results from next year’s ministerial conference.

  • December 2, 2016

    Iranian Official Criticizes Extension Of Sanctions Authority

    An Iranian official on Friday lashed back at Congress' recent passage of a 10-year extension of the law authorizing U.S. sanctions against Iran, claiming that the move conflicts with the nuclear weapons deal reached with Tehran earlier this year.

  • December 2, 2016

    High Stakes Ride On UK Supreme Court Brexit Hearings

    The U.K. Supreme Court on Monday will begin hearing the government's refreshed arguments to overturn a previous rejection of its bid to trigger the Brexit process without Parliament's assent, setting up a decision vital to the nation's future that lawyers and legal academics say could go either way.

  • December 2, 2016

    5 Insights From Airbus Group's Joshua Walker

    Technology so quickly outpaces regulation, and it’s imperative governments at every level find that sweet spot where the public is reasonably protected but innovation isn’t stifled. If the U.S. doesn’t get this balance right, other governments will, says Joshua Walker, general counsel and project executive for A3 by Airbus Group.

  • December 1, 2016

    McDonnell Doesn’t Help Magnate In UN Bribery Suit, Feds Say

    U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s office urged a New York federal judge on Wednesday not to toss charges against a Chinese real estate magnate accused of bribing United Nations officials to move an annual conference to his property in Macau, saying its allegations rest on solid footing even after a Supreme Court ruling that raised the bar for prosecuting corruption.

  • December 1, 2016

    Enviros Fight DOE Approval Of LNG Exports At DC Circ.

    The Sierra Club on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to strike down approvals for natural gas export projects in Texas and Louisiana, saying the U.S. Department of Energy should have analyzed the environmental impacts of climate change and new gas production sparked by the projects.

  • December 1, 2016

    Bosch Saws At Center Of Patent Case Could Face Import Ban

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has affirmed a judge’s finding that Robert Bosch GmbH infringed patents for table saw safety technology and is set to consider whether an import ban is in order.

  • December 1, 2016

    ITC Opens Anti-Dumping Duties Probe On Canadian Lumber

    The U.S. International Trade Commission took the standard step Thursday of opening an investigation requested by American softwood lumber producers into their Canadian competitors to mull whether new tariffs are needed to keep maple leaf lumber from being “dumped” on the United States at unfair below-market rates.

  • December 1, 2016

    Tariffs On Steel Plate From 3 Countries Finalized By US

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday teed up final tariffs on imports of cut-to-length steel plate from Brazil, South Africa and Turkey after affirming its earlier finding that the products have been sold at unfairly low prices in the U.S. market.

  • December 1, 2016

    Congress Passes Extension Of Iran Sanctions Authority

    Congress has passed a 10-year extension of the law authorizing U.S. sanctions against Iran after a Senate vote Thursday, sending the bill to President Barack Obama before the authority expires at the end of the year.

  • December 1, 2016

    CIT Says Taiwan Solar Co. Waited Too Long For Duty Review

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday rejected a Taiwanese company’s bid to participate in an annual review of anti-dumping duties on solar panels, backing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to deny the request as untimely.

  • December 1, 2016

    European Commission To Nix VAT Exemption For Online Sales

    The European Commission is proposing an overhaul of its antiquated value-added tax system so that certain online sales from countries outside the European Union will no longer be exempt from the tax, and to reduce compliance costs for small online retailers, the EC announced Thursday.

  • November 30, 2016

    Prosecutors Tout Individual Accountability In FCPA Cases

    Top enforcement attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission highlighted each agency’s efforts to increase prosecutions of individuals and encourage self-reporting of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations at a Wednesday conference.

  • November 30, 2016

    Commerce Corrects Errors In Chinese Refrigerant Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has revised the preliminary dumping duties it imposed earlier this year on refrigerant imports from China that were sold at less than fair value in the United States, saying the change reflected a correction of “significant ministerial errors.”

  • November 30, 2016

    Trump Risks 'Disaster' In Nixing Iran Deal, CIA Head Warns

    It would be “disastrous” for the incoming Trump administration to make good on its promise to tear up the Iran nuclear agreement, CIA Director John Brennan said Tuesday.

  • November 30, 2016

    More Conflicts Arise On Kirkland Team for Turkish Trader

    A hearing Wednesday in a New York federal court intended to address two possible conflicts with a Kirkland & Ellis LLP team representing a Turkish gold trader accused of violating Iran trade sanctions revealed several additional issues with the firm’s banking clients.

Expert Analysis

  • Making 'Made in USA' Labels Great Again

    Annie Cai Larson

    What makes a product “Made in USA?” The Federal Trade Commission has a set of standards governing such claims, and has stepped up enforcement in recent years. But courts have disagreed on how to interpret the FTC's rules, and state statutes complicate the picture further, say Annie Cai Larson and Mitchell Morris of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Inbound M&A Activity Adrift Post-Election

    Jeff Haidet

    Many speculate that President-elect Donald Trump's protectionist policies could ignite trade wars in which nations such as Mexico and China subsequently enact retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. This would cause prices to climb and could discourage foreign direct investment in the U.S., say Jeff Haidet and Catherine Dallas of Dentons.

  • Inside World Bank’s New Report On Fraud And Corruption

    Jonathan Poling

    The World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency's recently released annual report is a helpful document that provides parties participating in contracts involving World Bank financing with insight into the types of investigations handled by the bank, the investigation and sanctions process, and investigation and enforcement priorities for the coming year, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Potential Increased CFIUS Scrutiny Under Trump

    Stephen Paul Mahinka

    There are several mechanisms available to the new Trump administration that could alter the scope and approach of reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or even reopen previously cleared foreign investment transactions. The CFIUS could also expand its reviews to areas beyond national security, such as food safety and labor and employment, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Phase-Down Of HFCs Depends On Trump Administration

    James Losey

    Negotiated, signed and ratified during the Reagan administration, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is widely viewed as the world’s most successful environmental agreement. However, with the recent election in the United States, it is an open question whether the incoming administration will be inclined to ratify the Kigali Amendment to the agreement and implement it domestically, says James Losey of ... (continued)

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • FCA And Duty Orders: Key Weapons In A Trump Trade War?

    Mary Carter Andrues

    President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to renegotiate NAFTA and scrap the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But there has been virtually no discussion of how his administration would use the False Claims Act and anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders to protect U.S. companies from illegal dumping practices, particularly for products coming from China, say Mary Carter Andrues, Nancy Noonan and Karen Van Essen of Arent Fox LLP.

  • A Review Of Key Cases Against Executives In Q3

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    Attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the third quarter’s most significant cases and government investigations impacting corporate executives.

  • Our Most Important Exports

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    The basic pillars of the World Trade Organization and U.S. trade agreements embody principles that are among the most important of U.S. exports, says White & Case LLP counsel Frank Schweitzer.